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Hollywood: You took down two big Usenet indexers by suing their payment providers.  I've got to say that's pretty creative but also really unfair to the payment providers.  Nonetheless, I still think you don't understand why people are downloading your media.  It's easier.  The product you offer is not what many, many people want nowadays.

That trend is only going to grow.  Your original business model, where you are in full control the distribution schedule and cost structure, is not going to to last forever.  You have maybe 5-10 years before you're going to need to change and consider a drastically new approach to selling your product or you are going to be in trouble.

Please do not fight your way into oblivion.  Consider what media pirates are creating, why it's good, and make something better.  If you innovate you won't have to fight a losing battle.  Some people will always download content illegally, but if you can create a system people actually like you won't have this problem.  Stop shooting yourself in the foot so you can survive as more than a shell of your former self in the golden days.
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what was the other? I heard about nzbmatrix
 
You're completely right. I used to use less legitimate sources for downloading music. Now it's easier to go to Amazon and hit the buy button and have it automatically downloaded to my PC, phone and have a non-DRM version I can play in the car.
 
Newzbin2 went down because their payment providers were sued, all except for one, and the one backed out because they were afraid.  But they can't take out DOGnzb and NZBIndex this way, so it's not like it changes much.  It was a gutless, lazy (albeit creative) move and will give them about 30 days of somewhat decreased piracy.  They took away search utilities from less than one million users, not all of whom were active on the sites.  I'm sad to see NZBMatrix go because I just really like the way it worked, but I'm more frustrated by Hollywood's stupidity.
 
I'm also sad to see NZBMatrix go. I have a DOGnzb account and an nzbs.org account but this is sad for 2 main reasons: Integration and Comments

1. On Integration, almost every NZB app has NZBMatrix (and only NZBMatrix) supported inside the app (See the excellent NZB 360 for Android). This was basically the standard, and now that it's gone, things are going to suck before one indexer is clearly the leader. 

2. Comments: The real reason that NZBMatrix was amazing was actually due to its comments system. It was (as far as I know) where you could get quality comments discussing if something was nuked, not working, or if takedowns had started. I really hope some other indexer takes the lead and has a comment system so I can get this AMAZING feature back. 

First Astraweb had it's issues with the automated DMCA takedowns. Then the issue started growing to almost all the US Usenet providers having takedowns and serious content issues. This is probably the saddest news in a while though. 

Let me just say this in the end:

We will rebuild!
 
Hollywood continues to do it wrong. Movie experience is worse and more expensive than the DVD/Blu-Ray experience. On-demand availability of shows is few and far between and mostly available only in standard definition. To view shows on their websites you'll need Windows and flash/silverlight. Two things not everyone has or is fond of. Hollywood needs to just think of one word and focus their business model around that word. That word is universal (and I don't mean the company).
 
This is the same way the feds took out online poker. They pinched the payment providers. So, how is bitcoin coming along?
 
Rethink your business methods rather than challenging the world to fisticuffs? Now why would that make sense. 
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